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Mold, expired label dates and rat infestation prompts UK cake recall

By Kacey Culliney , 22-Jan-2013
Last updated on 22-Jan-2013 at 13:36 GMT

A range of cakes and confectionery has been recalled by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) due to mold, expired ‘best before’ dates and contamination due to a rat infestation on the premises.

The FSA issued a recall on ranges from two brands – Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess.

Both brands have re-branded and re-labeled cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts in an establishment served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice due to unsatisfactory hygiene conditions, the FSA said.

“A range of bakery products are reported to be moldy, past their ‘best before’ date and contaminated as a result of rate infestation at the premises,” it said.

The premises are located in north west England in the city of Bolton and local authorities are undergoing further investigations.

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council had given the Cake Factory Outlet a food hygiene rating of zero on 14 December 2012 - meaning 'urgent improvement necessary'.

Distribution tough to identify

The FSA said: “It has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or to be certain about the extent of distribution. The products are thought to be sold via market stalls across the north west of England, including markets in Clitheroe, Blackburn and Manchester (Smithfields Market).”

The agency has tasked local authorities to visit market stalls in local areas to withdraw and destroy any products found being sold.

The recall applies for all batch codes on both brands. The products are sold in clear cellophane packs in various sizes. 

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